Nanotechnology and risks in a Life Cycle perspective
It is now almost two decades that nanotechnology became a new research field and it showed great perspectives for innovations and improvements in various
applications, including environmental technologies, particularly for pollution prevention, waste treatment and remediation. In many industrial activities
nanotechnologies and their products can significantly reduce energy consumption, raw material needs and emission of traditional pollutants as well as production
costs... Nanotechnologies and nano-materials certainly have the potential to initiate a new industrial revolution. However, the potential risks of nano-particles
and nano-materials for human health and for the environment are of major concern, and the European Commission is highly committed to developing appropriate
risk-assessment methodologies as an essential part of all its research activities in this field...
The full version of the Environmental Technology Research Newsletter issue No. 15 - June 09 is available at the http://circa.europa.eu/Public/irc/rtd/ee ...
OPEN CALLS and TENDERS
Recently there is no open call in the field of environmental technology research under the 7th Framework Programme of the EU. Open calls in different research
fields are available at the http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.cfm homepage.
New research initiatives in the context of the European Economic Recovery Plan
The Commission is launching three Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) as part of the European Economic Recovery Plan. The Commission foresees to provide
a contribution of 50% to the total R&D budget from the budget of the 7th Framework Programme, with matching investment coming from the private sector. In the
PPP approach there is a multi-annual integrated work programme with a pre-defined budget, ensuring continuity and allowing industry to make long-term investment
plans... Several coordinated calls for research proposals should be launched in July this year.
Tender: Climate change - modelling water scenarios and sectoral impacts
The European Commission's Directorate-General for the Environment has launched a call for tenders on climate adaptation for the modelling of water scenarios
and sectoral impacts. The objective of this contract is to assess Europe's vulnerability to climate change impacts and analyse adaptation measures with a
specific focus on water-related impacts and measures. Call Reference: OJ No S 107 of 6 June 2009, Deadline: 31 July 2009.
The 2953rd Council meeting Environment, Luxembourg, 25 June 2009
At the meeting of the Environment Council in Luxembourg on 25th June 2009, the EU Environment Ministers unanimously adopted the package of legislative measures
concerning the internal energy market, approving all the European Parliament's second reading amendments. The Council adopted conclusions on 'Climate
change: Towards a comprehensive EU adaptation strategy' in which the Council welcomes the Commission White Paper 'Adapting to climate change: Towards a European
Framework for action' as a basis for developing a more strategic approach towards adaptation, and considers that an initial phase up to 2012 should lay the foundations
for a comprehensive EU adaptation strategy as from 2013. The Council adopted conclusions on integrating environment in development cooperation in which
sustainable management of natural resources and adaptation to climate change, as well as energy saving and promotion of renewable energy, the sustainable
urban and rural development and progress in poverty eradication, in particular the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were emphasised.
After a difficult and controversial debate the Council was successful in reaching a political agreement on the recast of the directive on industrial emissions
(Integrated Pollution Prevention Control) by qualified majority. Furthermore the Presidency presented a progress report on the Directive for establishing
a framework for the protection of soils, stating that this should take into account existing instruments and provide a common basis for protection. The Council
adopted Council conclusions responding to the Commission's Green Paper on bio-waste. The Council adopted conclusions on a mid-term assessment of implementing
the EU Biodiversity Action Plan and towards an EU Strategy on invasive alien species. For details...
The 2945th Council meeting Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry and Research), Brussels, 28-29 May 2009
The Council held a debate on an integrated approach to a competitive and sustainable industrial policy in the EU. The Council examined the progress in the
implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe initiative, following a presentation by the Commission. Ministers for competitiveness also discussed
on ongoing negotiations aimed at establishing a Community patent and a unified patent litigation system. The Council adopted a Resolution on European Space
Policy, approved by the Space Council at its 6th meeting. The Council reached political agreement on a draft regulation establishing a legal framework applicable
to a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC). It also adopted conclusions on (i) evaluation and impact assessment of European Research Framework
Programmes; (ii) research infrastructures and the regional dimension of the European Research Area and (iii) the first steps towards the realisation of the
European Research Area (Vision 2020). For details please check...
The 2929th Council meeting Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry and Research), Brussels, 5 and 6 March 2009
The Council adopted a 'key issues paper' on competitiveness and conclusions on the review of the single market, in preparation for the next Spring European
Summit. The Council also adopted conclusions in support of the automotive industry. In the field of research, the Council held debates on the future of the European
Research Area (ERA) and on research infrastructures. For details...
PAST and COMING EVENTS
EuroNanoForum 2009: Nanotechnology for Sustainable Economy. European and International Forum on Nanotechnology, 2-5 June 2009, Prague, Czech Republic
EuroNanoForum 2009 was the fourth conference of a set of international nanotechnology conferences organized within the framework of national Presidencies
of the European Union. It was a 4-day conference taking place from 2nd to 5th of June 2009, at the Prague Congress Centre, as an official event of the Czech Presidency
and with the support of the Industrial Technologies Programme of the European Commission. Focusing on “Nanotechnology for sustainable economy”, EuroNanoForum
2009 well addressed the contribution and challenges of nanotechnology research for a sustainable development of European industry and society, such as the
need for reduction in carbon emissions and fossil fuels dependence, the substantial increase in energy demand, pollution control, clean water management
and sustainable quality of life of the European citizen, as well as material production sustainability and efficiency...
Green Week 2009: Climate change – act and adapt. European Commission's Conference, Charlemagne Building, Brussels, 23-26 June 2009
With a new international climate agreement due to be finalised at the Copenhagen conference in December, climate change was the natural focus for the European
Commission's Green Week 2009 conference. Under the slogan 'act and adapt', Green Week, the biggest annual conference devoted to European environment policy,
examined the multi-faceted challenges of reducing EU and global greenhouse gas emissions and of adapting to the climate change. Eight of the sessions tried
to come up with a realistic vision of how a low-carbon world in 2050 would look. C